With regards to training for the Ring of Kerry in July, February is the Month when you should be concerned with slowly beginning to extend your mileage and build on the level of fitness that you have already. For this month I would advise at least two session on the bike per week (preferably three) and two other sessions of strength/flexibility work which can either be done at the gym or at home.
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I have been getting requests lately to go into a bit more detail on how to prepare for the Ring of Kerry so seeing as it is approximately six months away I will outline what I would deem to be a sufficient plan in terms of getting you ready for the 2nd of July. I plan to post monthly review of training advice so the following is what I would advise as being important for the month of January.
Having cycled the Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle for the last 12 years, I am feeling like I am starting from scratch again this year as this is the first time I will be cycling it on a mountain bike. Cycling on a mountain bike compared to a lightweight racer will mean that I will have to rethink how I am going to train for this event in order to have as enjoyable a day as what I’m used to. Cycling on a mountain bike means that I will be moving much slower than if I was on my racer because of the excess weight of the bike and the rolling resistance it has on the road.
This image was taken on Sat 23rd of January looking down on the town of Killarney. It was a morning that was filled with frost and also fear due to the bitter cold weather. 5 of us were cycling and decided to stick to the main roads for safety reasons. We stopped at this point for the usual half way banana and mis-truths about how many miles we have done in the past week, even though the training miles usually show in the legs well before the half way point, especially on the road from Faranfore into Killarney which is up and down and fast. We were all glad to have headed out despite the weather and arrived safely back in Tralee.
Having recently bought an begun to use an indoor trainers I have come to the realisation that it is probably the most boring activity that there can be, however I am a convert and given the fact that weather is akin to Siberia at the moment I am grateful that I can get some mileage done and keep the fat man within me at a distance. This guide to indoor training will give you some insight into the different types of indoor trainers that you can buy as well as some preperation and training tips to make every minute that you sit on the indoor trainer effective and how to break the motony of indoor training.
Ok so you are looking out at the weather and you can’t get out on the bike. I know the feeling. If you have an indoor trainer you are fine and able to keep going, but for those of us who don’t like indoor cycling or who haven’t been smart enough to get one yet this winter, our options are limited. If you are a member of a gym, the exercise bike is a good option, but I’m not a member.